Archive for Thursday, November 4, 2010

KU event to focus on wind energy in Flint Hills

November 4, 2010, 8:25 a.m. Updated November 4, 2010, 6:51 p.m.


One of the most controversial environmental issues in Kansas — building wind turbines in the Flint Hills — will be up for debate at Kansas University on Friday.

The school is hosting a symposium on “Preservation and Innovation: Climate Change, Agriculture and Wind Energy in the Kansas Flint Hills.”

Kansas is among the top states in the country for wind energy development. And while the Flint Hills is a prime location for wind energy development, the region also holds some of the last tallgrass prairies in the country. That fact has resulted in many environmental groups speaking out against wind energy development in the region.

Friday’s event will give students and the public a chance to watch and engage in the different perspectives of wind energy development and climate change, particularly in the Flint Hills.

Speakers will include scientists, government officials and energy industry experts. The symposium will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Commons in Spooner Hall on KU’s campus.


inquire 7 years, 7 months ago

Yes! Put one in my yard. The lease on those things are thousands of $$ annually, each! And I can definitely use more money.

LeBo 7 years, 7 months ago

Please invited the President of the United States! Get to work on this great idea Governor Brownback!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 7 months ago

What time? Any other specifics would be useful, too.

H_Lecter 7 years, 7 months ago

4-7 PM Spooner Hall commons area 1340 Jayhawk Blvd. 864-2343

Ken Lassman 7 years, 7 months ago

If you repeat it enough times, in enough places, people will start actually believing you, right?

Richard Heckler 7 years, 7 months ago

I say run them along highway right of ways. After all that's where power line poles sit why not wind turbines? People say wind turbines are unsightly..... like power line poles are beautiful.

There are already several miles of wind generators on farmland west of Salina off I-70.

Better find more places somehow. We're talking jobs jobs jobs.

Rebuilding economies:

China is busy buying up oil reserves so who wants to buy oil from China.? Let's have electric cars.

Again I say run them along highway right of ways.

Ken Lassman 7 years, 7 months ago

There are plenty of highway right of ways in the Flint Hills: how about along Highways 56, 50 and along the turnpike? Seems like those locations would be a win-win(d) situation and they wouldn't disrupt any more habitat in the process.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 7 months ago

This August traveling to New Meixco and through Colorado we noticed a lot of wind turbine activity. The custom designed trailers to haul the "poles" were new to my eyes however it allows one to realize the many different jobs created by way of cleaner energy.

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